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Vale Chris Scoles

The Australian table football community lost one of its own this month, when Brisbane Subbuteo Club’s Chris Scoles succumbed to cancer.
Brisbane’s Gareth Whalley updated us on Chris’ passing.
He was diagnosed in May, but he still battled on and took part in their August tournament.
“He was on about coming to September if we could get a reclining sunlounger for him to rest in during breaks, but he couldn’t come as he’d taken a turn for the worst,” said Gareth.
“‘My last contact with him was about a week and half ago,” Gareth said.
Chris passed away on Saturday, October 5.
The Australian community passes on its condolences to his wife Claire, kids Diamond, Xavier and Eden, and his stepkids Max and Lucy.
Chris was buried on Monday.
Vale Chris.
Keep on flicking.


2020 Australian Grand Prix Venue Confirmed

ATFA is pleased to confirm the venue for the 2020 Australian Grand Prix of Table Football will be 1959 Bar & Grill and Lakeside Futsal within the South Melbourne Football Club’s Lakeside Stadium.  It is a return of Australian Table Football to the popular and outstanding facilities of this venue which hosted the 2018 Asian Cup of Table Football.

The Dinner Draw will be held Friday 7th February in 1959 Bar and Grill.  The bulk of the tournament will also be in the restaurant area that weekend, with some of the finals action set to be staged on the Futsal arena.

Registrations will be open shortly. A further announcement will be made with the tournament fees and registration form.



FISTF World Cup 2020

Next year is the highly anticipated Table Football World Cup in Rome.  The World Cup is now conducted every second year, not annually.  Given this change in frequency, and the attraction of the host city, we expect demand globally and locally for participation in the tournament to be high.  As such, a selection process may be needed in some categories for places made available by FISTF to representatives of the Australian Table Football Association. 

In the interest of a fair and transparent process, we are seeking expressions of interest in participation in the tournament.  By September 30th, 2019, please register your interest by completing the google form distributed this morning to all members of the 2018/19 season.  Pleas check your email and spam filter, or contact us if you do not receive this, e.g because you have changed your email address in the past year.

This will then feed into the selection process once we know how many potential participants, and in what categories we may have to develop a selection process.  We intend to determine this promptly so that players can start planning accordingly.

Please note that filling in the notification does not guarantee that a player will be selected. Nor does filling in the form at this stage bind the player if later they decide they cannot attend.

Also note that any player wishing to compete at the FISTF World Cup will need to do so completely at their own expense. As a non-profit organisation, ATFA does not have any funding available to assist players with their expenses.

ATFA Committee

Green remains top ranked Australian player in Asia; Ollnow in U19 and Northern Falcons claim #1 in teams

The latest FISTF rankings for Asia were a great success for the Northern Falcons, with Robert Green retaining his top ranking among Australian players in the Open category, Oli Ollnow staying #1 overall in the U19, and the club moving into top spot for the first time in Asia.

Antonio Carabillo retained Asian #1, with the only significant change being Cedric Garnier (JPN/Tokyo) moving back to 3rd place after the Japan GP.

Hideaki Wada (JPN/Yamato) rocketed 10 places. There were few changes elsewhere in the rankings, though Kazuki Okano (JPN/Yokohama) leapt an amazing 15 places into the top 10 in the U19 category.

Full Asian (and world rankings):






2019/2020 ATFA Committee Election Results

The election for the ATFA Committee for season 2019/2020 has been held.  Results  were tabled and accepted at the AGM on 31st August.  The following personnel retain their positions:

Adrian Connolly – President

Eliot Kennedy – Treasurer

Steve Wright – Secretary

Adrian Elmer – Ordinary Committee Member

Hugh Best – Ordinary Committee Member

We also welcome back to a position on the ATFA Committee:

Luke Radziminski – Ordinary Committee Member

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the outgoing committee members Raffaele Lombardi and Beth Eveleigh for their time and efforts, in particular Raf for holding the position of Vice President for several years.

With no nominations made for the position of Vice President, this remains as a Casual Vacancy.  If you are an ATFA Member and would like to be considered for this role please express your interest with one of the Committee members.

Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League 2019

wss spring league 2019

It’s that time of year again. The days are starting to get longer and the chill in the air isn’t so biting. The semis are rolling around in your football season and so you’re looking for something to fill the void once it’s all over. The Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League is about to swing into action to fill all your footballing needs.

Now in its 6th year, the Western Sydney Subbuteo Spring League is open to all players, regardless of age, experience or ability. Registration in the League is free and will automatically earn players membership into Western Sydney Subbuteo for the upcoming table football season (Sep 2019 – Aug 2020).

Games are played weekly during the Spring months, but players will, on average, only need to be available for about 2 of every 3 weeks. About half the games will see us gather at Good Games Bella Vista, while alternate weeks will see us play at a variety of venues around the area. Players can nominate which days of the week work best for them and the draw will be worked out around whatever suits the majority of players, with different days used in different weeks to allow players with other commitments to still compete. If you would like to nominate your place as a venue, and have space for at least 2 pitches, include that in your registration.

A copy of the League rules will be e-mailed to you upon registration. If you’d like to see these before registering, just send an e-mail to Adrian at ajebec at netspace dot net dot au requesting them.

ATFA Committee Nominations for 2019/20 Season

At Midday, Saturday, August 31 (AEST), ATFA will be holding its annual general meeting. All ATFA members are invited to participate – a Facebook video conference will be set up for those around the country (and, indeed, the world!) to be able to tune in. The main item on the agenda for the meeting will be the election of the ATFA Committee for the 2019/20 season.

To that end, nominations are now open for the Committee. As per our constitution, ATFA Members are able to nominate any other ATFA Member (i.e. you can’t nominate yourself) for a position on the Committee, as long as it is SECONDED by another member AND agreed to by the nominee. Members are free to make as many nominations as they like.

The Committee consists of 7 people. 4 of those are Office Bearers and the other 3 are Committee Advisors. The roles for each are outlined below.

If you are a member and would like to nominate someone, fill in the details below. Please note, ALL info requested must be supplied in order for the nomination to be valid.

Nominations due : 11:59PM, Saturday, Aug 17
Voting : Monday, Aug 19 – 11:59PM Friday, August 30


Office Bearers

President : oversees the Committee. In conjunction with the Committee, the President sets dates for, and convenes Committee meetings as required, including the compulsory Annual General Meeting following the close of each financial year; presides as chairperson over all Committee meetings.

current member – Adrian Connolly (Western Flickers TFC)

Vice President : assists the Committee President in all the President’s duties.

current member – Raffaele Lombard (Sydney TFC)

Treasurer : oversees ATFA’s monetary concerns: the running of ATFA’s bank account; supplying annual profit/loss overviews to the Committee and ATFA Membership; keeping records of all expenses and income.

current member – Eliot Kennedy (Northern Falcons TFC)

Secretary General : is responsible for: supplying all documentation required by FISTF in regards to ATFA club and player memberships; FISTF tournament registrations and results or any other necessary documents; keep minutes of all committee or general meetings.

current member – Steve Wright (Western Flickers TFC)

Ordinary Committee Members

Committee Advisor (Communications Officer) : is responsible for communications to the Australian Subbuteo community, including: the upkeep and co-ordination of the ATFA website; the ATFA calendar; the ATFA mailing list.

current member – Adrian Elmer (Western Sydney Subbuteo)

Committee Advisor (General) (x2) : offers advice and assistance to the rest of the Committee in relation to all decisions made at the Committee level.

current members – Beth Eveleigh (Northern Phoenix TFC), Hugh Best (Subbuteo Perth)

All Committee Members will be equally responsible for the discussion and decision making processes for any issue required of the Committee. It is expected that all Committee Members will be proactive in promoting Subbuteo Table Football in their local context and will undertake all their table footballing duties, including Committee membership, with the best interests of the game in Australia at heart.

Carabillo retains top spot, but changes galore

Antonio Carabillo (Dragons/HKG)) retained his top ranking in Asia in the latest FISTF rankings, but there were a raft of changes in the top 40 players in the Asian Open rankings.

Antonio Carabillo retained top spot.

Antonio Carabillo retained top spot.

Asian Cup winner Rudy Hesty (Jurong/SGP) rocketed up 11 places to 3rd place, his highest ranking since December 2017, while Asian Cup finalist Bernard Lim (Lions/SGP) moved into 2nd place.
Benny NG (Western Flickers/SGP) moved up two places to 7th, while Fabrizio Coco (Sydney/AUS) moved up one place to 9th, but top ranked Aussie was still Rob Green (Northern Falcons/AUS) despite falling two spots to 8th.
Among the biggest movers were Tony Credentino (Sydney/AUS) who jumped 12 places to 24th, Oliver Ollnow (Northern Falcons/AUS) who leapt 25 places to 34th, Hermann Kruse (Northern Falcons/AUS) rising 10 places to 35th, Benjamin Ng (Western Flickers/AUS) improving 13 places to 38th, Beth Eveleigh (Phoenix/AUS) up 17 to 45th, Enzo Fornano (Lions/SGP) 59 places to 47th.
Most significant falls were Tan Kok Wee (Lions/SGP) who fell 13 places to 26th, Noor Haikal (Jurong/SGP) down 10 places to 40th.
In the teams category, Singapore Lions retained their top rank on the back of their Asian Cup victory, while Sydney’s Northern Falcons leapt 3 places to 2nd after their semi-final performance in Singapore.
In the Veterans category, Den Mulia (Lions/SGP) entered the rankings as number 1, pushing Benny Ng (Western Flickers/SGP) down to 2nd. Ashley Tan (Lions/SGP) rose 5 places to 3rd, edging Robert Green (Northern Falcons/AUS) down to 4th.
Vikas Chandiramani (Jurong/SGP) was the biggest riser, moving up 11 places to 6th.
Paul Mercer (Phoenix/AUS) entered the rankings at 11th.
In the U19 ranking, Oliver Ollnow (Northern Falcons/AUS) leapt 3 places to top the ranking for the first time since August 2018.
Isaac Lim (Lions/SGP) fell two places, while Torben Pfister (Northern Falcons/AUS) jumped 4 places to 5th, and Bhavin Sham (Lions/SGP) entered the charts at 10th.
In the Women’s ranking, there were only two changes, with Eiko Yoneda (Yokohama/JPN) and Yuka Kato (Rockwells/JPN) falling a place each, and Charlotte Wright (Western Flickers/AUS) and Juliette Brown (Wester Flickers/AUS) rising one place.

FISTF Asian rankings 201906_women
FISTF Asian rankings 201906_U19
FISTF Asian rankings 201906_Vets
FISTF Asian rankings 201906_open
FISTF Asian rankings 201906_Team


Fabrizio claims Falcons WASPA; Hermann, Oli and Hermine bid farewell!

Sydney TFC’s Fabrizio Coco made the long trek north to the final farewell event for Hermann Kruse, Oli and Hermine Ollnow and recovered from a slow start to claim the Northern Falcons WASPA #5-2019.

With Hermann, Oli and Hermine due to fly back to Germany next Monday, a suitable send-off was staged, with Melbourne’s Paul Mercer flying up specially for the evening, and Johnny Ball delaying his drive back to Canberra to play.
Group one started sensationally, with Steve taking a 3-0 lead against Fabrizio before Fab pulled a late goal back. Fab then edged Western Sydney’s Adrian Elmer 1-0, before Adrian bowed out with a 2-0 loss to Steve.
Eliot Kennedy and Oli took top spots in Group 2, with Johnny Ball and Neil Brener pushing them hard.
In Group 3, Hermann and Paul dominated, but Jonty Brener pushed them all the way.
The Barrage matches saw Fab start hitting his form, eliminating Hermann 2-0, before Oli beat Paul 1-0 on shots.
Oli then kept his edge over Steve, scoring in the first three minutes and holding off persistent pressure in the second period, while Fabrizio scored 30 seconds from time to beat Eliot 2-1.
In the final, Fab was in full force and ran out a 2-0 winner.
Many thanks to all who attended, and to the Willoughby Park club.
We look forward to hearing of the exploits of Hermann, Oli and Hermine in Germany.

Full results:
WASPA #5 results 2019